In an interview, Mpilo Central Hospital clinical director Dr Solwayo Ngwenya said they attended to 13 people with life threatening injuries as a result of violent protests in Bulawayo from Monday to Wednesday last week.
Ngwenya said the situation at Mpilo Hospital was desperate resulting in the institution using its ambulances to fetch medical practitioners from home. Said Ngwenya:
We attended to 13 life threatening injuries. Some of them had broken arms while others were shot in the abdomen. It was quite a traumatising experience that I don’t wish to recount. These were not the only victims that we attended to, there were just too many. We had to fetch doctors/surgeons from home using an ambulance as most of them were afraid to travel using their cars to come to work. We are glad that the situation is now normalising because if it continued like that we were going to experience serious challenges. For other health workers we had to rely on a vehicle from the Ministry of Health and Child Care to transport them for duty.